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Jack Chen

Research Interests: 

Research activities in our lab include both clinical and basic research of public health related viral infection. This lab is a joint effort between State of Alaska Division of Public Health and University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our clinical research focuses on the molecular diagnostics of human viral pathogens and diagnostic assay development using next generation sequencing technology. Eqipped with state-of-the-art technologies, we provide diagnosis, surveillance, and reference for many human viruses including influenza virus A & B, hepatitis A, B, and C virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), adenovirus, enterovirus, herpes viruses, rabies virus, etc. The basic research involves in the virus-host cell interaction and the role of tumor virus in human tumorigenesis. We aim to answer a basic question: why a virus causes a benign infection in one person but a lethal one (cancer) in another? We use Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, a newly discovered tumor virus, as a model to study the genetic mechanism during the transition from normal cell into cancerous one.

Jack Chen
Jack Chen
Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Deputy Director, Alaska State Public Health Virology Laboratory
Office: 
223B Murie Building (UAF)
907-474-6966 (University Office)
907-371-1002 (State Lab Office)
Lab: 
218 Murie Building
907-474-7903
Postal Address: 
Alaska State Public Health Virology Laboratory
931 Sheenjek Dr.
Fairbanks, AK 99775
  • Ph.D. 2000 Virology
  • Osaka University Medical School, Japan

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Courses currently teaching at University of Alaska Fairbanks:

• BIO F460: Principles of Virology (Upper level undergraduate course)

• BIO F660: Principles of Virology (Graduate course)

Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Stephanie DeRonde
  • Jayme Parker